Equalities: Gender & Identity

Boys and Girls: Superheroes in the Doll Corner


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Paley, Vivian Gussin|Jackson, Philip W.

“Paley has a sharp ear for the rhythm and inflections of childhood. Her vignettes give us a revealing glimpse into children’s inner lives, and her discussion of her own discomfort with boy’s play and approval of that of girls raises and important issue.Carole Wade, Psychology Today

“I will admit my biases up front: having a three-year old daughter of my own made it impossible for this book to be anything but fun to read. I dare anyone who enjoys children not to enjoy this story about stories, this narrative about narratives.Jerry Powell, Winterthur Portfolio Search

Delusions of Gender: The Real Science behind Sex Differences


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Fine, Cordelia

A vehement attack on the latest pseudo-scientific claims about the differences between the sexes. Sex discrimination is supposedly a distant memory. Yet popular books, magazines and even scientific articles increasingly defend inequalities by citing immutable biological differences between the male and female brain. That’s the reason, we’re told, that there are so few women in science and engineering, so few men in the laundry room – different brains are just better suited to different things. Drawing on the latest research in developmental psychology, neuroscience, and social psychology, Delusions of Gender powerfully rebuts these claims, showing how old myths, dressed up in new scientific finery, are helping perpetuate the sexist status quo. Cordelia Fine, ‘a cognitive neuroscientist with a sharp sense of humour and an intelligent sense of reality’ (The Times) reveals the mind’s remarkable plasticity, shows how profoundly culture influences the way we think about ourselves and, ultimately, exposes just how much of what we consider ‘hardwired’ is actually malleable. Search

Equaliser, The: Activity Ideas for Anti-sexist Youth Work


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Small, Elizabeth|Tagg, Jocelyne


Gender and Sexuality For Beginners


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Garbacik, Jaimee|Lewis, Jeffrey

We should not need to prove our experiences, defend our realities, or negotiate basic human rights. But we do.

What does sexual orientation mean if the very categories of gender are in question? How do we measure equality when our society’s definitions of “male” and “female” leave out much of the population? There is no consensus on what a “real” man or woman is, where one’s sex begins and ends, or what purpose the categories of masculine and feminine traits serve. While significant strides have been made in recent years on behalf of women’s, gay and lesbian rights, there is still a large division between the law and day-to-day reality for LGBTQIA and female-identified individuals in American society. The practices, media outlets and institutions that privilege heterosexuality and traditional gender roles as “natural” need a closer examination.

Gender and Sexuality For Beginners considers the uses and limitations of biology in defining gender. Questioning gender and sex as both categories and forms of compulsory identification, it critically examines the issues in the historical and contemporary construction, meaning and perpetuation of gender roles. Gender and Sexuality For Beginners interweaves neurobiology, psychology, feminist, queer and trans theory, as well as historical gay and lesbian activism to offer new perspectives on gender inequality, ultimately pointing to the clear inadequacy of gender categories and the ways in which the sex-gender system oppresses us all.

Gender and Sexuality For Beginners examines the evolution of gender roles and definitions of sexual orientation in American society, illuminating how neither is as objective or “natural” as we are often led to believe. Search

Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education


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Tayler, Kath|Price, Deborah

How can we support children to reach their full potential and not be constrained by gender expectations?” “Are gender roles fixed at birth or do they develop through experiences? “Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education” introduces practitioners to key aspects of gender in the early years and explores how to ensure that children and staff teams are supported in settings that have outstanding practice.

Considering the implications of gender in the context of supporting children, families and practitioners, this book examines the theoretical contexts that surround gender identity and explores current legislation and practice in order to provide practitioners with all the information they need to develop their own work and settings in an open and equal way. Offering a wealth of practical guidance, case studies and reflective questions which link to the EYFS, chapters cover:

a theoretical approach to gender development;

current legislation and the impact on early years practice;

understanding gender fluidity and the way in which children express gender;

creating gender equality when working with children and the role of manager in creating a supportive ethos.

Including tasks, reflective points and links to useful websites and organisations, this book will be valuable reading for all early years practitioners and students that want to promote an inclusive environment for the children in their care, their families and colleagues. Search

Gender in Early Childhood


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Yelland, Nicola

This book will explore the ways in which young children perceive themselves and are viewed by others in terms of their gendered identities as individuals and as members of society. It considers research from a variety of perspectives in the context of home/family and school. Topics covered include:
* the construction of gender from the time the child is conceived
* the politics of category membership
* analyses of play and art making
* young children’s experiences with technology
* the influence of popular culture on the body image
* gender equity policies in early childhood education
* understanding sexual orientation.
An examination and reflection of the issues will enable educators to improve their practice and have a greater understanding of the families and the children whom they teach. The diverse range and content of the research will make this book a valuable resource for all those interested in the education of young children. This book covers the issue of gender expectations of children with disabilities, and also discusses young childrens’ experiences with technology and the ways in which they feel about their bodies.
This book will be of great interest to all early childhood educators who are concerned about the ways in which the home and school impact on the lives of young children in terms of how they view themselves and how others view them. Trainee teachers will find this book helpful in developing their own attitudes, understandings and behaviours in relation to gender equity and young children. Search

Gender, Sex and Children’s Play


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Kilvington, Jacky|Wood, Ali

Does gender, sex and sexuality influence children’s play, and their learning? Can/should professionals try to influence children’s gender and sexual concepts? Can/should professionals try to prevent gender stereotyping? These and other questions are explored in a lively and thought-provoking text that looks at why and how children inhabit or develop their gender and sexuality. Written in an approachable way and illustrated with case studies and linked to current research and theory, the book helps students, teachers and playworkers understand the debates about biology versus culture and social learning and how these impact on children’s expression of gender and sexuality. Engaging the reader in a thorough reflection of their own views and approaches to the genderized and sexualized behaviour of children at play, this text is an invaluable guide for all those interested in the importance of play, gender and sexuality and how they relate to children’s lives.

Topics include: play and the behaviour of boys and girls within particular social contexts; play and girls’ and boys’ sexual behaviour and their associated feelings; play and children’s self-concepts and expectations; the professional adult workers’ role and the manifestation of genderized and/or sexualized play behaviour both in and outside a setting. Search

Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology


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Singer, Bennett L.|Jennings, Kevin|Heal, Linda|Birtha, Becky|Navratilova, Martina|Kopay, David|Young, Perry Deane|Lorde, Audre|Bergman, David|Saylor, Steven|Sullivan, Julia|Garden, Nancy|Whitman, Walt|Tallmij, Billie|Hall, Radclyffe|Crisp, Quentin|Frushtick, Jill|Reid, John|Deschamps, David J.|Baldwin, James|Anzaldúa, Gloria E.|Cooper, Dennis|Allen, Paula Gunn|Leavitt, David|Wise, Travis|Kates, Nancy D.|Knapper, Karl Bruce|Monette, Paul|Chase, Clifford|Parker, Pat|Monteagudo, Jesse G.|Winterson, Jeanette|Purdy, James|Tsui, Kitty|Hemphill, Essex|Mills, Sean|Kerr, M.E.|Wolverton, Terry|Manford, Jeanne|Manford, Morty|Harrison, Beth|Shepard, Tom|Allison, Dorothy|Steffan, Joseph|Pahe, Erna|Glenn, Calvin|Bledsoe, Lucy Jane|Raphael, Lev|Phillips, Paul

The first literary anthology geared specifically to lesbian and gay youth, Growing Up Gay is a much-needed resource for young people who are often isolated, shunned by their peers, and treated by schools and the media as though they do not exist. This ambitious collection of more than fifty coming of age stories pairs selections by teenagers with older writers’ reflections on growing up gay or lesbian. Fiction by James Baldwin, Rita Mae Brown, and Jeanette Winterson counterpoints autobiographical pieces by Quentin Crisp, Audre Lorde, and Paul Monette; diary accounts of growing up gay in the 1980s and 1990s complement poems, stories, and oral histories that tell what it was like to come of age as a gay man or lesbian in the 1940s and 1950s, when the notion of gay liberation was a distant prospect indeed. Topics include discovering one’s sexual identity, entering into friendships and relationships, and finding a place within the sometimes hostile, sometimes welcoming worlds of school, family, work, faith, and community. Central to the book are the voices of young people struggling with how it feels to be part of a largely invisible and often misunderstood minority. The anthology also contains a comprehensive resource guide, with suggestions for further reading, listings of gay and lesbian youth organizations, and phone numbers for national and local hot lines.

Other contributors:
– Rita Mae Brown
– Aaron Fricke Search

Lgbt Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education


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Price, Deborah|Tayler, Kath

Children and families come in all shapes and sizes, as do members of staff. LGBT Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education will support practitioners in thinking about LGBT issues in relation to their early years practice.

It examines the history of equalities legislation and the diversity of families with LGBT members alongside pragmatic advice to ensure that all children, families and staff feel welcomed and celebrated in the early years setting.

This book offers realistic advice and practical guidance, which results from years of first-hand experience in the early years sector. The chapters explore key topics such as:

A brief history of legislation in the UK in regard to LGBT diversity

Good practice with children and families

LGBT diversity in an early years work environment

Resourcing for equality

Including case studies, reading lists and links to useful websites and organisations, this book will be valuable reading for all early years practitioners and students that want to promote an inclusive environment for the children in their care. Search

Now What?: A Handbook for Families with Transgender Children


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Butt, Rex

Are you looking for answers of how to respond to your transgender child? Or wondering how to deal with the callous remarks of others? As your child continues to assert their gender nonconforming identity, do you find yourself constantly asking: Now What? Finally, here is a book that presents a comprehensive approach to the concerns and challenges facing families with gender nonconforming children. With keen sensitivity to the confusion, anxiety, fear, frustration and guilt that some parents feel, Dr. Butt presents a road map of strategies and tools to help them navigate the complex issues confronting them. His practical approach and wisdom provides guidance, resources, and comfort to help families with transgender children of all ages—ranging from the pre-school to adolescent to adult children who transition later in life—understand and support their gender-nonconforming loved ones. Search

Playing Them False


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Dixon, Bob

The first-ever examination of children’s playthings, by the author of Catching them Young. Essential reading for parents, educators, and all concerned with the well being of our young. Search

Queer Kids: The Challenges and Promise for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth


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Jr., Robert E. Owens|Phd, John Dececco|Owens, Robert E|Owens, Robert E.

Packed to the hilt with living narratives, scholarly research, and problem-solution scenarios, Queer Kids: The Challenges and Promise for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth examines the unique challenges faced by today s homosexual young adults. You ll learn what modern-day queer kids do to cope, survive, and find understanding in a world riddled with homophobic intolerance. Queer Kids is a lens of clarity that will help the average straight adult–and maybe even the average gay adult–see things from a kid s point of view. Its detail-oriented, well-wrought chapters will provide you with literally hundreds of stories of young people who are trying to define themselves sexually and emotionally in a society of criss-crossing judgment, stereotyping, anger, and expectation. Aimed at three target groups–counselors, parents, and youth–this book introduces you to a variety of interesting kids, offers you a look at the process of coming out, and helps you grasp the experience of queer identification. Specifically, you ll read about:
queer kids and their families and peers
the medical/health care profession s impact on queer kids
the teachers and counselors of gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth
how to alleviate harrassment, abuse, withdrawal, and loneliness
the effects of familial denial, prejudiced counselors, and standoffish gay adultsBeing a kid is tough–but being a queer kid can be even tougher. Fortunately, Queer Kids is available for students, ministers, teachers, youth- and health-care workers, and especially the friends and families of teens who are working through the personal turbulence that too often accompanies sexual and emotional definition. Guided by its upfront approach and practical resource list of written, computer, and telephone aids, you ll see that a solution is not as distant as you think. Read it, and relearn what it means to be a kid again.

You and Your Gender Identity


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Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC|LPC, Dara Hoffman-Fox

From the book:
Are you wrestling with questions surrounding your gender that just don’t seem to “go away?” Do you want answers to your questions about your gender identity, but aren’t sure how to get started?

In this groundbreaking guide, Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC-accomplished gender therapist and thought leader whose articles, blogs, and videos have empowered thousands worldwide-helps you navigate your journey of self-discovery along three approachable stages: Preparation, Reflection, and Exploration. Search

Young, Gay, & Proud!


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Alyson, Sasha|Romesburg, Don

This resource book helps young people deal with questions like: Am I really gay? Am I the only one? What would my friends think if I told them? Should I tell my parents? 9781555832797″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Search